Proof That a Black Dress Doesn't Have to Be Boring

The LBD is a wardrobe mainstay for a reason: It's straightforward, chic, and it goes with everything. But given how easy they are to wear, they can sometimes feel a bit uninspired. Luckily we're here to show you they're actually anything but boring: From textural details to cool hardware, there are plenty of black-dress outfits that break away from the everyday mold. Below, we're highlighting 22 of our favorite takes on black dresses, from daytime casual to ultra-fancy. So, no matter what crowd you want to stand out from—your fellow subway travelers or a group of well-heeled wedding guests—you'll have all the inspiration you need to do so in a subtly chic way.

Check out our favorite black dress outfits below!